Illegal immigration was cited as the top issue by 21% of Americans, well above the second and third most important topics of the suitability of President Donald Trump (13%) and the economy (12%), according to polls released on Monday by Heritage Action for America.
Heritage Action executive director Tim Chapman wrote in Politico that the surveys were conducted to examine what issues motivate the coalition that elected Trump and Republican congressional majorities in 2016, so "we can keep that coalition together and expand it while advancing the conservative ideals we hold dear."
Chapman wrote, "the crucial swing voters in the middle identify the Republican Party as the party of Trump and his outsized personality instead of the party of economic progress and cultural stability."
An example of Trump's incorrect focus, according to Chapman, is shown in the survey. Thirty-seven percent say the largest challenge illegal immigrants pose is that they overuse social services, more than five times the second-most cited challenge stated, which was taking jobs away and undermining culture — which each garnered 7%.
Trump, however, does not emphasize the problem most cited by the public.
Other results from the polls show:
- 65% in five key swing states reject single-payer healthcare, while only 27% support it.
- In swing states, 48% said they will likely vote for the Democratic candidate, while 34% said they support Trump and will likely vote for him. Another 16% said they are unhappy with many things Trump says, but support many of his policies and will likely vote for him.
- 63% say the migration problem is a national emergency, while 35% say it is not.
The poll was conducted by Basswood Research from June 3-6 among 1,200 likely voters across the nation. The margin of error is +/- 2.83%.
© 2021 Newsmax. All rights reserved.